Sundar Pichai has been a part of the tag-team of presenters for the annual Google I/O Conference since 2004. He has been known as a representative of his company’s Chrome division plus its browser and cloud platform according to Wired.
But now, his partner Andy Rubin has relinquished his position in Android OS. The move of Rubin to pursue other endeavors in the company puts Pichai in charge of his duties and responsibilities for the Android OS. The new responsibility comes in addition to Pichai’s work with Chrome and Google apps.
Chrome and Android Coexistence
Among the subjects asked in Pichai’s interview with Wired is the status of the top operating systems of the company, namely Google Chrome and Android. The new Android boss cleared out that they are still heavily investing in the two operating systems and they are not planning on giving up one of them soon.
The decision is to give customers a choice between the two OS. He said that this is similar to the move of Apple to provide the Mac OS-X and the iOS for mobile or portable devices.
Pichai added that they are not planning on making major changes on the two platforms in the short run. He said that both will be maintained and improved continuously. However, he explained that they may be open to changes in the long run depending on how the landscape of computing will evolve.
Opportunities and Challenges
The new Android boss stated that they have so many opportunities at the moment due to the influx of tablets and smartphones that are dependent on their Android OS. So far, the challenge that they are seeing is how to further improve their product and how to offer it at a more affordable price for users.
iOS vs Android
When the interviewer raised about how iOS is making more money than Android despite the Google OS selling more products based on the platform, Pichai answered that they will continue to maintain their business model for now. He added that with their drive to provide services that will please a wide spectrum of users, the right things will happen later on from a business point of view.
Interview Source: Wired